Originally Posted by th3trout
Would anyone mind indulging me on the following questions:
Samsung LN52B750 (found it for $1450)
Samsung UN46B8500 (found it for $2050)
Any of the 2010 LED/LCD Samsung models
My budget is $1500 - $2100 and I'd like a set that's 46" - 55" in size. I like both the models I've listed and have done plenty of research on them so it really comes down to picture quality vs. size/price. Anyone have a vote on which of the two is the better choice?
The B8500 is hands down a better TV due to local dimming only so that means better black levels, picture quality otherwise will be fairly similar.
the real question I have is how far away to you plan to sit away from that TV normally? if its fairly close like 6-7 feet then i'd say get the 46B8500, if your more like 8-10 feet away I think the added size of the B750 is better for your viewing experience overall
never underestimate the impact that screen size gives you with any type of viewing, it can have the downside of making lower quality sources like SDTV look worse but if your going to be mostly watching HDTV channels and Blu-ray/DVD's on it then size is paramount over slight image quality improvements.
Is there any reason to think the 2010 models will be worthwhile? I don't really care about 3D technology, and it seems like none of them use true local dimming technology anymore. The only thing I like about them is that they produce a 55" set in the LN55C650 but from what I've seen it's only 120hz (but does a lack of 240hz even matter?)
Samsung's '10 line looks pretty meh to me, many of the models look completely unchanged from '09 models and only the addition of 3D stuff to the very top of the line sets are the only improvement I've seen specs wise but as only low end C series sets are in stores right now its very hard to say what the mid to high ends may bring but i doubt much.
Sony's upper mid to top of the line sets for '10 have got me much more interested as well as Sharps upcoming TV's due to the use of the new Sharp X-Gen LCD panels I saw a Sony EX700 at Fry's today and even though it was an edge lit LED model and not a local dimmer it had a great picture and is not using an S-PVA panel, it appears to have a Sharp X-Gen panel in it and the viewing angles most notably were very good on it, Blacks also looked good but in the store lighting it was exposed to just about any LCD TV has good looking blacks, I will not pass judgment on its black levels until i see it in a more dim environment
Lastly, will prices on the LN52B750 and UN46B8500 drop with the new sets coming out or will they just become more scarce as they've been discontinued?
Thanks in advance for any help.
They already have dropped because of the new models right now and they are not going to get any cheaper if you like one of them now is the time to buy them to get the best deal. same goes for pretty much every other brand's TV's right now